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How to Screen Miners' Skills: Recruiting in the Coal Mining in Early Twentieth Century Japan

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  • Sakai, Mayo

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    (Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo)

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In the early 20th century Japan, coal mining firms took an intermediary organization of labor, "dormitory system." Given traditional technology that required high manual skills unknown to managements, firms relied on the intermediary organization both for screening and monitoring workers. This study focuses on referrers of miners, who took an essential role of signaling in the coal mining industry.

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Paper provided by Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo in its series ISS Discussion Paper Series (series F) with number f164.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 30 Oct 2013
Date of revision: 27 Jan 2014
Handle: RePEc:itk:issdps:f164

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Keywords: organization of labor; asymmetric information; adverse selection; moral hazard; social networks; employee referrers; employee referrals; intermediary management; coal mining; Japan;

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  1. Lori Beaman & Jeremy Magruder, 2012. "Who Gets the Job Referral? Evidence from a Social Networks Experiment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 102(7), pages 3574-93, December.
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